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LOVELL What's Inside ... Speech and debate update Page 3 Open houses planned _ Page 6 Grizz, Lady Grizz hot b Page 9 E-waste debated Page 14 LOVELL, WYOMING VOLUME 106, NUMBER 33 THURSDAY, JANUARY 26, 2012 75 Wanted: 'Bigs' and 'littles' of all ages BY PATTI CARPENTER The Big Brothers and Big Sis- ters organization serving North Big Horn County held a special open house on Monday night in Lovell for people interested in learning more about the program. Parents attended with their children and adults who were in- terested in becoming volunteers in the organization enjoyed light snacks, games and casual conver- sation. BBBS staff members were on hand to provide information about the program that matches adult volunteers, also known as "bigs," with children, known as "littles," who are in need of friend- ship and a little extra attention. "All we ask for is one hour a week to change the life of a young person," explained program di- rector Jennifer Prentiss. "A lot of people think they have to stop their lives to do something like this. That's not true at all. For ex- ample, some of these kids don't have the opportunity at all to just spend time in the backyard gardening. So, if you're garden- ing for the afternoon, have your "little: come along with you and teach them about gardening. If you're going to the grocery store, take them along and teach them about nutrition. It doesn't have to be something out of your ordinary routine." Prentiss pointed out that a lot of the children in the program don't have the opportunities that :::: :: : many take for granted and would appreciate just spending time with someone who will listen and take an interest in them. "A lot of these kids never get PATh CARPENTER to go fishing or even go for a walk BBBS program director Jennifer Prentiss visits with 5-year- because of limited resources or be- old Elijah Fuentes at a special open house held in Lovell on cause their parents have disabili- Monday evening. ties or other reasons that keep them from doing these activities school once a week and numer- ior and more likely to go to col- with their kids," said Prentiss. ous opportunities to volunteer in lege," explained Prentiss. "The There are many volunteer op- after-school programs and camps, statistics are astronomical after portunities to participate in the All levels of involvement require that one year period of time." program. To become a big sister an adult to undergo a complete Brian Dickson of Lovell is a or big brother requires a mini- background check including a fin- "lunch buddy" to a middle school mum of one hour a week and gerprint check, student. He meets his young Prentiss asks for a commitment "Our statistics show that once friend once a week for lunch. He of a year. There is also a lunch a match lasts a year or more, the says it takes about a half hour of buddy program where an adult child is less likely to do drugs, is can have lunch with a child at less likely to exhibit risky behav- See 'gIGS & LIrII.F.$' page 8 Town awarded Main Street design grant BY DAVID PECK "They didn't have enough The Town of Lovell took a big money for the full amount," Dick- step toward accomplishing the fi- nal stage of the water and sewer infrastructure project - the Main Street Phase of the project - last Thursday when the State Loan and Investment Board voted to grant the town $660,500 for de- signing the project. Thursday's meeting was at- tended by councilmen Brian Dick- son and Kevin Jones, along with project engineer Frank Page. Dickson said the town has applied for total funding for the project, more than $4 million, but SLIB staff members recommend- ed that the town instead seek money for planning and design only at this time, given the lim- ited amount of money SLIB had to allocate. son said, adding that the Wyo- ming Water Development Com- mission is also granting some $67,000 to the design process. He said the town will! now meet with Wyoming Dept. of Transpor- tation District Engineer Shelby Carlson about timing for the proj- ect, which will replace water and sewer mains down Main Street at the same time WyDOT performs a street refurbishment project on Main. Dickson said he hopes the project can be done in 2013. As the planning, design and engineering process proceeds for the Main Street Phase, the town will resubmit a grant application to SLIB and the WWDC for con- struction, Dickson said. Details of Cowley animal ordinance hammered out BY PATTI CARPENTER A handful of residents met with Cowley's Mayor Joel Pe- terson and members of the town council on Tuesday night to re- fine the details of an ordinance that will regulate how livestock is kept within the town's borders. Members of the council offered a few suggestions to the proposed ordinance that was presented to them by a group of concerned ani- mal owners earlier in the month. One audience member com- mented that the smaller than usual turnout was indicative of the confidence the animal owners group had in the council to "do the right thing." The council proposed that vio- lators be allowed 30 days instead of five to bring their property into compliance after a citation is is- sued. Surprisingly, animal own- ers attending asked the council to keep the short timeframe. "I think we should keep the five days because then people will know we are serious when we ask them to get in compliance," said Rosanna Rusch. Peterson added that, "If ani- mals owners feel they can comply in that time frame, it should be written that way." Another suggestion made by council member Dexter Woodis was that the ordinance should al- low an animal control officer to issue a citation or letter or some other more immediate type of warning when necessary. He also thought an animal control officer should be added to the definitions section of the ordinance, even though the town has no budget for one at this time. Some council members felt an agent of the town should be al- lowed to go on the property at any time, as well, to inspect for com- pliance and to enforce provisions of the ordinance when necessary. This was also added to the oridi- nance. It was recommended that new permits should expire at the end of the same year, not the fol- lowing year as it was written. For the first time, voices of non-animal owners were present. A very civil discussion ensued be- tween animal owners and non- See 'COWLEY ORDINANCE' page8 Game and Fish proposes cutthroat trout reintroduction for Porcupine Creek BY DAVID PECK A proposal to reintroduce the Yellowstone Cutthroat Trout to the Porcupine Creek drainage in the Big Horn National For- est above Porcupine Falls was the topic of a presentation to the Lovell Area Chamber of Com- merce Monday. Wyoming Game and Fish fisheries biologist Mark Smith explained that he is taking what he emphasized is only a proposal at this time to various groups in order to let the public know what the idea is and to receive input. "This kind of change may cause anxiety among people close to the resource," Smith said. "But it's simply an idea we're present- ing to people to get feedback." The reintroduction will only affect the Porcupine drainage about the falls, which Smith said act as a perfect isolating mecha- nism for the project. Smith said the Game and Fish proposal is what he called a "flavor change" to change the fishery from the non-native brook trout to the native Yellowstone Cutthroat. The brook trout is not native to the Western United States and rather is native to the Appala- chian Mountains and the Great Lakes region. It was introduced in the West from around 1900 to 1930 and reached the Porcupine drainage around 1932, he said. Fisheries biologist Mark Smith (back of room) talks to the Lovell Area Chambc about re-establishing the Yellowstone Cutthroat Trout during the chal membership meeting Monday. "The brook trout does real- ly well in cold water mountain streams like those in the Big Horns," Smith said, "sometimes too well. They are really good at reproducing." Brookies multiply so rapid- ly that they overpopulate small streams and "eat all the food," Smith said, stunting the fishery. In Porcupine Creek, the brook trout average only 5 to 6 inch- es in length, an is 12 inches, Sn Yellowstone also do well i] streams, but t[ well with other PATti CARPENTER r of Commerce aber's general l a really big one iith said. Cutthroats high mountain y don't compete rout, Smith said, adding, 'Tou can't let any other fish be with them or they will dis- appear." Alone, he said, they re- produce well, but they don't over- populate the stream. Whereas brook trout will fill a stream with 2,500 fish per mile, cutthroats top out at 800 to 900 fish per mile, Smith said, so they are able to grow larger, averag- ing seven to eight inches with in- dividuals up to 14 or 15 inches in length. "You have fewer fish but big- ger fish," Smith said. Smith told of a raft trip down the Big Horn River in 1893 dur- ing which an avid fisherman on the expedition fished Porcupine Creek at its confluence with the Big Horn and caught 25 cut- throat trout ranging from 18 to 25 inches in length. He said the fisherman may have exag- gerated the size of the fish, but the story shows the kind of fish- ery that once existed. He said in the 1890s cutthroats also thrived in drainages like the No Wood, Shell Creek, Crooked Creek and others. Smith said after the turn of the century people got very good at propagating fish, learning that fish eggs could be easily trans- ported in milk cans loaded with ice. He said people took a "John- ny Appleseed" approach, spread- See 'CUTTHROATS' page 8